Big Ten Conference Power Rankings: Week 6

Ohio State remains No. 1, while Michigan jumps up to No. 2

Tim Grattan
October 11, 2018 - 7:38 pm

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 CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- We have played six weeks of college football and the Big Ten's best teams are all in the East Division. 

Ohio State fought off an Indiana team that makes fans mad on social media, but the Buckeyes are still the kings.

Let's take a look at this week's rankings to see who's moving up and who is heading towards the bottom of the Big Ten.

  1. Ohio State (6-0, 3-0) – Dwayne Haskins threw for 455 yards and six touchdown passes as the Buckeyes fought off a feisty Indiana team.    
  2. Michigan (5-1, 3-0) – After a weather delay, the Wolverines went old school as two different fullbacks reached the end zone. Shea Patterson added three passing touchdowns in a win over Maryland.  
  3. Penn State (4-1, 1-1) – The Nittany Lions have an excellent ice cream store on campus. So during the bye week, the team ate a lot of ice cream while recovering the Ohio State loss.
  4. Wisconsin (4-1, 2-0) – Jonathan Taylor did his thing and rushed for 221 yards with three touchdowns against Nebraska at home.
  5. Iowa (4-1, 1-1) – The Hawkeyes used a neat trick play on the road against Minnesota and retained one of my favorite rivalry trophies – Floyd of Rosedale, a bronze trophy in the shape of a pig. 
  6. Indiana (4-2, 1-2) – The Hoosiers gave Ohio State fans fits and headaches in the first half in a road loss.
  7. Michigan State (3-2, 1-1) – The Spartans’ offense suffered as running back LJ Scott and top receiver Cody White was out with injuries.  
  8. Illinois (3-2, 1-1) – The Fighting Illini rushed for 330 yards and forced three interceptions on the road against Rutgers. 
  9. Northwestern (2-3, 2-1) – The Wildcats picked up a big road win over Michigan State. Quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns for Northwestern.    
  10. Maryland (3-2, 1-1) – The Terrapins struggled after the weather delay on the road. However, their season-opening win against Texas is looking better after each week.   
  11. Purdue (2-3, 0-2) – Since the school is the fourth-largest university in the country with international students, the football team taught the international students how to play American football in the bye week.     
  12. Minnesota (3-2, 0-2) – The Golden Gophers turned the ball over four times in a rivalry game against Iowa.   
  13. Rutgers (1-5, 0-3) – Here’s a good thing: Artur Sitkowski passed for 267 yards against Illinois’ defense. The bad: Sitkowski threw three interceptions in the loss. 
  14. Nebraska (0-5, 0-3) – Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez had 384 passing yards and two touchdowns, but the Cornhuskers are still looking for their first win of the season.